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Black & Veatch-designed Urban Runoff Treatment Facility Earns Statewide Recognition from the California Stormwater Quality Association

Kansas City, Mo. (October 8, 2007) – Black & Veatch, a leading global engineering, consulting and construction company, announced today that the Westside Water Quality Improvement Project received the 2007 Outstanding Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) Implementation Award from the California Stormwater Quality Association (CASQA). The award was in the Treatment Control/Structural BMP Implementation subcategory.

The award was presented to the city of Santa Monica, which owns and operates the facility, at CASQA’s annual awards luncheon in Costa Mesa recently. Black & Veatch provided design, permitting and construction support services for the environmentally responsible facility.
“The city is very happy with the outcome of the Westside project, which is helping us meet total maximum daily load obligations,” said Neal Shapiro, Santa Monica Senior Environmental Analyst, who accepted the award on behalf of the city. “It is a fantastic project that was completed on time and on budget. Black & Veatch’s excellent BMP evaluation and design helped bring this project to fruition.”

Development and implementation of the urban runoff quality treatment facility, which was constructed deep beneath Mar Vista Park in western Los Angeles, demonstrated exceptional cooperation between two California cities to cost-effectively alleviate pollution caused by urban runoff in parts of both Los Angeles and Santa Monica.

Completion of the Westside project was a major step forward in improving local water quality to benefit Ballona Creek, Santa Monica Bay and local beaches. The new facility treats 100 percent of the dry weather flow (2 to 3 cubic feet per second) and up to 36 cubic feet per second of wet weather flow. It removes a variety of solid, liquid and soluble pollutants. The hydraulically efficient facility was designed with no moving parts, chemical additives or electrical power requirements.

“The Westside Water Quality Improvement Project is a wonderful example of Black & Veatch collaborating with forward-thinking municipal leaders to develop an innovative stormwater solution that improves the quality of the urban environment,” said Les Lampe, Black & Veatch Water Resources Global Practice and Technology Leader.

The CASQA awards program identifies and recognizes exemplary leadership, outstanding projects, activities and contributors in the field of stormwater quality management. Award candidates are evaluated on demonstrated excellence, ingenuity, creativity, professionalism and documented results. The Westside project earned statewide recognition.

“Larry Magura did an excellent job managing this project for Black & Veatch, and Neal Shapiro and the city of Santa Monica deserve this recognition for successful implementation of environmental improvements that have already enhanced the quality of water in Santa Monica Bay,” Dr. Lampe added.

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